Travel Made Simple- Weekly Update 19 October
Travel is on the move at the moment..mostly forward but sometimes backwards as we shall see.
- Let’s start off with the big news of the week! The US will officially open its borders to vaccinated travellers from the 8th November. This is great news and although some concerns have been expressed as to whether they have sufficient protocols in place to handle the demand we are confident they will manage this in due course.
- Thailand has opened up to vaccinated travellers from the 1st October. This will be part of their “sandbox” program which allows travellers to visit an island destination for 7 days and thereafter travel around the rest of the country.
- Australia continues to struggle with their re-opening. Last week it was announced by the New South Wales premier that vaccinated travellers could visit the Australian state. This was swiftly rejected by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison who over ruled this by saying that only the Commonwealth and Federal government can decide these things. Measures however have been slightly relaxed so that family members can visit.
- Venice is trying to sustainably manage its influx of travellers into the city. You will need to reserve your entry in advance and pay a fee of between R55.00 and R175 per person.
- On the airlines side of things, after South Africa was taken off the UK’s red list Virgin Atlantic has been inundated with bookings! This has prompted a review of their schedules and so from the 8th October the airline will increase their schedule from 3 times a week to a daily schedule.
- New Zealand unfortunately still remain closed to travellers unless they want to quarantine for 14 days at their expense. Vaccinated NZ friends and family are however allowed to visit from the 1st November.
In other news, here is an interesting article from Bloomberg which assists you to understand where it is safe to travel? The Covid-19 restrictions at borders and what’s open in cities around the world? The Bloomberg Covid-19 Travel Tracker includes Covid-19 travel restrictions and public health rules for 70 global business and leisure destinations. It also records what’s changing each week as places tighten or loosen restrictions” ( Bloomberg, Oct 2021). This is just one way you can ensure that you understand the rules and regulations on the destination you are going to be travelling to.
Before I go, from myself and all of the team at Checkout Travel we would like to congratulate Beachcomber on their outstanding achievements at the recent World Luxury Hotel Awards ceremony held in Mauritius. Beachcomber are a close supplier of ours for Mauritius and it is such great news to see them doing so well and reinforces why they are our top provider for this destination!
That’s it for this week but don’t forget to check out our next newsletter at the end of the week for all the latest offers available.
Keep safe, healthy and above all keep those dreams of travel alive!
Giles opened up Checkout Travel (Club Travel Fourways in those days) in 2003. He has travelled around the world, worked and operated in different facets of the travel industry and is passionate about researching and implementing new products and technologies. He completed his MBA in 2020 and is currently studying for an MA in Mindfulness. He is an avid cyclist, loves camping with his family and this adventure junkie’s best travel destination is South-East Asia. The next tick on his bucket list is to complete a journey across Bolivia’s remarkable salt flats. Giles heads up the sales and marketing of Checkout Travel.
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